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Passing by Nella Larsen
Dramatized by Annie Caulfield
Directed by Marina Caldarone
BBC Radio 4 - Classic Serial
Episode 1 - 12.03.2006
Episode 2 - 19.03.2006


Novelist Larsen's mixed parentage gave her a profound insight into racial issues in 1930s America.
This story deals with these issues in the context of middle class Black families, their passions and ambitions, and the remarkable phenomenon of 'passing for white'.
The beguiling Clare Kendry, still successfully passing for white, has infiltrated herself into Irene's home and into Black society. But the gloss of charm, which has enabled Clare to become popular and admired, conceals a seam of darkness that threatens to shake Irene's ordinary, happy life to its foundations.


  • Brian - Paterson Joseph 
  • Clare....Nicole Charles
  • Dave....Harold Finley
  • Gertrude....Tanya Moodie
  • Hugh Wentmore....Robert Jezek
  • Irene....Andrea Harris
  • John Bellew....Martin McDougall
  • Narrator....Bonnie Greer
  • Saxophonist....Adam Waldmann